Stormtech Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016
PolarExplorers' Journey to South Georgia Island
"The Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the largest gatherings of outdoor gear retailers coming together under one roof. I was able to visit some of Polar Explore’s trusted gear partners to see what’s coming up for the 2015-2016 season.
First stop was the Baffin booth, where Karen gave me a great introduction to the new Guide-Pro 3 Pin boot for polar travel using three-pin style bindings. The new boot builds off the success of theExpedition 3 Pin, a boot released last year and put to the test by Polar Explores during the 2014 North Pole season and the 45-day South Pole Ski Expedition this past November.
PolarExplorers' North Pole 10 K Ski Expedition selected as one "The World's 50 Most Extraordinary and Memorable Travel Experiences"
By Chris Santella
Few travelers are prepared to mush 475 miles through temperatures of -35 degrees Fahrenheit (and colder) to reach the North Pole as explorer Robert Peary and his partner Matthew Henson did in 1909 - and as Rick Sweitzer did in 1992. Thanks to Sweitzer and the adventure travel company PolarExplorers, you can participate in a miniature North Pole expedition that distills the thrill of reaching the top of the world in the course of a 5-day adventure via jet, helicopter and cross country skis.
Your expedition begins in Oslo, Norway, with a reception at the Fram Museum, which is devoted to the history of polar exploration. After a night at the Hotel Continental, you'll rise early for a two-and-a-half hour flight to Longyearbyen, a selltement on the island of Spitsbergen. Spitsbergen is 400 miles north of the northernost point in Europe. Though isolated by anyone's standards (the island has been chosen by the Nowegian government to house a doomsday seed bank), Longyearbyen is surprisingly well appointed with fine lodging and eateries, thanks to the cola mining operations that were established here in the early twentieth century, and to the town's more recent emergence as the gateway to Arctic adventure.
In April, Vacations To Go's chairman and CEO, Alan Fox, made the once-in-a-lifetime journey to the North Pole. Below are his reports about the Expedition.
Trip Report, April 7: En Route To The North Pole
On March 20 of this year, the sun rose for the first time at the North Pole, chasing away the long winter night. There was no one there to enjoy that frigid dawn, just a sheet of ice and snow, floating on the Arctic Ocean and stretching to the horizon.
A few Days later, a handful of Russians parachuted from the sky within 50 miles of the pole. Food, tents and a bulldozer (for leveling and ice runway) also were dropped by parachute. In a short time, that barren and inhospitable place (average temperature this time of year, 30 degrees below zero) was capable of sustaining life.
The Russians call their temporary home Barneo, and they have built and occupied a floating camp like this every year since 2002. It is operated by the 169-year-old Russian Geographical Society and welcomes scientists and explorers from around the world.
For three weeks only, Barneo's 13th incarnation will serve as a research station and the base camp for small groups of travelers who fly in from Norway en route to The North Pole. This week, I'll be among them, traveling with the help of U.S.-based PolarExplorers, which contracts space at the camp and has been guiding expeditions to the North and South poles for 20 years.
Standing at the top of the world, skis sliding on the shifting ice: Reaching the North Pole is the trip of a lifetime for some daring adventurers.
Does it sound too cold and scary to you, or maybe like too much work?
Don’t give up on the Arctic Circle. The northern pinnacle is just one spot to explore in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
The Arctic Circle is made up of the area above the circle of latitude of 66°33′ N, encompassing parts of eight countries. The sun doesn’t set here for at least one day in the summer, with many more days of midnight sun the closer you get to the North Pole.
Across the region, you can search for the aurora borealis, see polar bears hunting their prey, or dogsled and ski along remote, frozen expanses before soaking your weary bones in natural hot springs.
The Wilmette Life, A Chicago Sun-Times Publication
By Jackie Pilossoph
WILMETTE — Just off the beaten path in downtown Wilmette sits a yellow house marked by a totem pole and two signs that read "Polar Explorers" and "The Northwest Passage."
By LEN GILLIS
Dale Shippam, a Timmins native, is today preparing for his ski trip to the South Pole as part of a Canadian team to show the importance of how organ donors can save the lives of others.
Antarctica: Way South on Skis
2011 Tours of a Lifetime
By Margaret Loftus
New this year; physically challenging
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's arrival in the South Pole on December 14, 1911, by skiing
By CBC News
A Thunder Bay man and heart transplant recipient will soon embark on a journey to the South Pole to raise awareness about organ donation. Dale Shippam leaves for Antarctica at the end of this month and will be part of a team doing a gruelling one-week trek on skis.
By Ellen Creager
"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, through the Sea of Swirly Twirly Gum Drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
by KER THAN
By plane and by skis, a steady stream of visitors are flocking to the South Pole in time for the centennial celebrations of two pioneering Antarctic expeditions.
This May, Polar Explorers concluded a fast crossing of the Greenland ice cap with multinational team of amateur explorers.
By Megan Rutherford
For your next vacation, think about taking a trip that will provide you with a lasting souvenir - knowledge and expertise. Arctic Getaway. Ever since Admiral Peary made his third and finally successful journey to the North Pole 90 years ago
Written by Lew Freedman
Annie Aggens stood at the top of the world marveling at the frozen horizon of white stretching for millions of acres. A step in any direction took he south...
Christopher Sweitzer has been to the North Pole twice. The first time hardly counts, though, since he was only 18 months old. As a fifth-grader last April, he returned with his dad, Rick, whose adventure travel business has been offering North Pole trips since 1993.
With just two days left on his journey to the South Pole, Scott Anderson got frostbite.
The temperature was minus 40 degrees, and the wind was coming directly at his face at 30 miles per hour, creating